Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, October 01, 2010

SLEEP STUDY

My new cardiologist has determined that I am sleeping but not getting any rest. My children, godchildren and grandchildren all say that my snoring can be heard from outside the house or from the basement to the attic. My precious spouse calls it purring. I guess he can sleep through anything.

I do fall asleep during the day and in the evenings sleep through most of the prime time television. I actually fell asleep driving the other day. So, I have agreed to participate in a sleep study. For some reason I have dreaded this medical procedure more than any other. Strangers watching me sleep is not very appealing. Plus I do sleep wig less and that is not a pretty site.


Tell me what you know about sleep studies. Have you done one? Have you had a close family member complete one? Is it as horrible as I imagine? What life changing results should I expect?

17 comments:

  1. Oh my - I hope you didn't crash into anything! Are you OK? It's good to get that study done then if you are having issues. I have heard of people having that, but only that they were told to deprive themselves of sleep prior, so they would sleep deeply. One thing I would think - they do it all the time so probably don't judge, only record. Golly - what a job to have - I wonder if it makes THEM sleepy to watch people sleep???

    ReplyDelete
  2. My sister did a sleep study and I think it saved her life. She now sleeps with a mask and forgive me but I can't remember what the machine is called that supplies the air. She looks and feels so much better and she's not as grumpy as she was when she got only a few hours of sleep a night.

    ReplyDelete
  3. If you have sleep apnea you will not regret getting better sleep. It will slow the aging process and you will live longer. Don't worry about how you look...they don't care.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I will repeat what Tabor said. I have a friend who had to have the sleep study and learned he has apnea. Now he sleeps with a CPAP mask, but gets good rest and it is much better for his heart.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have not had any experience - I think my hubby should do it. Good luck and when it is done - report so that we know what it was like! Thanks and good luck. sandie

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have had a few problems sleeping (which is why I end up blogging and on Facebook a lot), but I have never participated in a sleep study. I hope they can figure out what's causing the problem for you and that you never fall asleep while driving again. That must've been frightening!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well if it helps, and by all the advise you've been getting, it looks like it will, it sounds worth doing. I think I'd find it really difficult to sleep in front of strangers!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Heck I sleep like a log. I can sleep for 10 hours no problem, my problem is getting up! I thought you needed less sleep as you got older. I look a fright too now my air is not too thick. When I wake up it sticks up all over the place a bit like a mohican.

    My friend's husband has apnea and he sleeps with a machine as he stops breathing sometimes.

    Hope it goes well with the tests.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello, I came across your blog from Marla's blog - Always Nesting. I've had a sleep study done and was found to have moderate sleep apnea. I went back for the cpap study and couldn't stand the mask on my face. I felt extremely claustrophobic and it felt so unnatural to me. I could not complete that particular study and have opted not to wear the mask...HATED it! My other option, per the cardiologist is to sleep with a big body pillow propped behind my back to prevent myself from rolling onto my back which causes me to stop breathing. I was told my mouth and air ways are very small.

    The study itself was no big deal. It was a little uncomfortable because you are hooked up to a gazillion wires. If you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, you have to unhook yourself and then plug back in once back to the bed. I took a sleeping pill and put HGTV on, and drifted right off to sleep. They have to put tubes in your nostrils to monitor air flow....that was a bit awkward to get used to.

    Good luck with your study. It is funny knowing someone is watching you sleep, but the sooner you get to sleep, the sooner you can get home back to your own bed. Plus, you will have the peace of mind knowing that if there is something wrong, it will be caught and you can go from there.

    Best of luck,
    Liz

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Granny Annie ~~ Nice to meet you and I am so glad the jokes made the visit worth while.\I hope the sleep test goes OK - at least it shouldn't hurt as some do. And I hope you get
    some help from it. Take care,
    Love, Merle.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've never been in a study- but perhaps should've when young!
    I used to wake up moving around doing things like punching the wall or suddenly jumping up or falling out of bed, due to acting out action sequences of dreams.

    I got better as an adult, tho now seldom sleep soundly because the slightest things will awaken me.

    Perhaps they will find stategies which will improve your life- Good Luck!

    ReplyDelete
  12. My husband has done 2. He has sleep apnea and they really do wonders for your sleeping ( and snoring) if you follow all the instructions. Hubby was put on a CPAP (to keep his airways open while he sleeps). He felt better, I felt better and it was better for his health. Don't worry about sleeping wigless...these people aren't interested in your hair...they are interesting in your sleep. You will be fine. Keep me posted.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Granny Annie, you can do it. I'd hate for something to happen to you.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Very brave of you but I'm sure it will be worth the effort and could be very helpful to you.
    And - of course - it will make a splendid post:)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Think it is worth your while and as far as wigless.....too bad for whoever it may bother.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My husband has a CPAP he uses at night. It actually saved his life. I'm so glad he had his sleep study--he lost a ton of weight and has so much energy he runs circles around me--and he's 15 years older than I am! lol

    ReplyDelete
  17. hi - a little late, i know. ask kathrine about this if you'd like. andy did one and found out he had sleep apnea. erin's husband also has it BAD - last time i visited with her (christina's wedding) brett (erin's hb) stopped breathing a million times throughout the night. i hope you do this - and i hope it helps you sleep :)

    ReplyDelete